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Arjun Shankar

Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, ORNL


Dr. Mallikarjun (Arjun) Shankar’s interdisciplinary research focuses on bridging the fields of computer science and energy systems.  Arjun’s Ph.D. is in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, following which he did a stint in industry designing and building next-generation content distribution infrastructures.  His research in the national laboratory setting has involved designing national scale sensor networking systems, energy grid monitoring and control frameworks, and developing mechanisms to overlay data middleware, computation, and control across a wide swath of domain-dependent infrastructures.  His sponsored R&D project outputs have several active users in the federal government as well as in the commercial sector. His research has resulted in over thirty peer-reviewed publications including those that address interdisciplinary concerns such as jointly modeling and simulating infrastructure requirements, policy guidelines, and resource availability for energy grid growth analysis. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.


Sreenivas Sukumar, Mohammed Olama, Mallikarjun Shankar, Jim Nutaro, Sergey Malinchik, and Barry Ives, “Modeling Resource, Infrastructure, and Policy Cost Layers for Optimizing Renewable Energy Investment and Deployment,” 2010 IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply, Boston, 27-29 September, 2010.

Mallikarjun Shankar, James Nutaro, and John Stovall, “Evolution of Communication and Control for Electric Grid Load Management,” IEEE PES GM, Minneapolis, July 25-29, 2010.

R. Gunasekaran, M. Shankar, D. Gawlick, S. Fisher, A. Yalamanchi, R. Fehling, and H. Qi, “An event-driven information dissemination model,” Proceedings of the Third ACM International Conference of Distributed Event-Based Systems, DEBS 2009, Nashville, Tennessee,  USA, July 6-9, 2009,].

Yong Yang, N. Rao, D. Yau, M. Shankar, “Sensor Placement for Detecting Propagative Sources in Populated Environments,” IEEE INFOCOM 2009, April 19-25, Rio De Janeiro.

S. Bhattacharyya, M. Shankar, J. Nutaro, L. Miller, T. Kuruganti, “Power System Smart Control and Verification,” IASTED Power and Energy Systems, Eds. E. Fuchs, Baltimore, MD, April 2008, CD ISBN: 978-0-88986-738-3.

R. Zaretzki, M. Briggs, M. Sterling, M. Shankar, “Modeling the Distribution of Large Scale Power Outages: False Inverse Power Laws and the Theory of Extremes,” ACTA International Journal of Power and Energy Systems, 2009, Vol. 29, No. 1, DOI: 10.2316/Journal.203.2009.1.203-4374. 

Shankar, M.,  Stovall, J.,  Sorokine, A.,  Bhaduri, B.,   King, T., “VERDE: Visualizing Energy Resources Dynamically on Earth,” Power and Energy Society General Meeting - Conversion and Delivery of Electrical Energy in the 21st Century, 2008 IEEE, 20-24 July 2008, pp. 1-4, ISSN: 1932-5517, DOI: 10.1109/PES.2008.4596282.

Nutaro, J.; Kuruganti, P.T.; Miller, L.; Mullen, S.; Shankar, M., “Integrated Hybrid-Simulation of Electric Power and Communications Systems,” IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, 2007, Tampa FL, 24-28 June 2007, DOI: 10.1109/PES.2007.386202.

Mallikarjun Shankar, Sorokine, A., Resseguie, D., Bhaduri, B., Shekhar, S., and Yoo, J-S, “Spatio-Temporal Conceptual Schema Development for Wide-Area Sensor Networks,” Geospatial Semantics,  Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2007, Vol. 4853. 


Monitor the Electrons in Real-Time, Wired Magazine, March 2009, Seven Ways to Fix the Grid, Now.

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